Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19

The group started the day with a picture at the 45th parallel south. 45th north runs through South Dakota.

They then visited the Rollinson Farm, dairy owned by Ted and Sue Rollinson. It includes 1,000 acres and 1,300 cow dairy with Friesen/Jersey crossbred cows. They utilize a 70-cow rotary on concrete platform for milking. A rainer irrigation system delivers water to fields. They successfully utilize a sharemilker, Tom, who owns cows and is employed for his labor. Ted and Tom know their cost of production and are good businessmen in how they use their resourses.
 The group spent the evening at a reception and dinner with the New Zealand Ag leadership current class. Following dinner they heard from Jim Sutton, former New Zealand Minister of Ag.

A free day is planned Friday in Christchurch. They will depart NZ Friday at 11:00pm (4:00 a.m. Friday morning CST) and arrive Sioux Falls at 11:00 pm Friday night.
Grant (Guide), Ted (Dairy Owner) at lunch with Bonnie Dybedahl
in Rollinson Garden


At the 45th Parallel South
With New Zealand Leadership class
 Lincoln University Libarary
Merrill Karlen, Gary Cammack, Tom (sharemilker)


Intensive Grazing
Ted Rollinson, Terry & Sandi Jaspers

At Rollinson Dairy
At Rollinson Dairy